The national appetite for art and art spaces seems insatiable. When Tate Modern was unveiled in 2000, two million annual visits were expected; today more than five million visitors a year pour through its Thames-side doors.
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Sunday 17 November 2013
Some things change, some things stay the same. The Royal Academy of Arts (RA) in London has stood since the 18th century, resolutely unrevamped. The man behind its new restaurant is on at least his sixth reinvention.
Friday 27 September 2013
He would think nothing of sitting for hours in front of a single picture in the National Gallery
Thursday 26 September 2013
She is best known for starring in Silk and The Village but Maxine Peake has another, darker, string to her bow. Away from the cameras, she has been recording songs about the Pendle witch trials with The Eccentronic Research Council. The Sheffield collective, led by musicians Adrian Flanagan and Dean Honer, asked the actress to narrate their concept album 1612 Underture last year. “I never expected I would perform it”, Peake tells me.
Sunday 08 September 2013
Australia: so much to see, so far to travel. Hence the most satisfying thing about this autumn's calendar is news that a bunch of top curators have edited 200 years of the nation's art and are delivering it to our doorsteps for £14 a ticket. Australia at the Royal Academy, London (21 Sept to 8 Dec), features work by settlers and indigenous people and, best of all, includes four paintings from Sidney Nolan's Ned Kelly series, the source of much mythology and fame.
Saturday 17 August 2013
Lord Rothschild has appointed his eldest daughter to the board of his £2bn investment company RIT Capital Partners.
Friday 16 August 2013
'I saw Joss Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing and absolutely loved it'
Friday 16 August 2013
Lord Rothschild today appointed his eldest daughter Hannah to the board of his £2 billion investment company RIT Capital Partners.
Bob Dylan's artwork enters hallowed halls of National Portrait Gallery (despite being 'amalgamations' not portraits)
Monday 05 August 2013
Bob Dylan may have earned himself a host of complimentary descriptions from “poet of our time” to “lyrical genius”. But the 110 million album-selling folk musician has been battling to be taken seriously as a visual artist for almost as long as he has been singing songs, and now 12 of his artworks are set to enter the National Portrait Gallery - the first time he has exhibited in a public museum in the UK.
Sunday 28 July 2013
"It doesn't matter what art looks like," said the Austrian Franz West (Platonic Moon, 2003). His work with other artists is the subject of Mostly West at Inverleith House (rbge.org .uk, to 22 Sept).
Wednesday 17 July 2013
Gwyn Hanssen Pigott was a major figure in the field of international studio ceramics, whose work was characterised by its clarity and calm. From the mid-1980s she began to group apparently functional wares, in the form of bottles, beakers, cups and bowls, into sculptural still-life sequences of timeless purity, a move in the direction of fine art, seen at its most ambitious in her 55ft installation Caravan, shown at Tate St Ives in 2004.
Friday 05 July 2013
'It's thrilling to see the British tradition of political engagement in theatre alive and well'
Second art attack at Westminster Abbey: 'Suffragette-style' protester arrested for criminal damage after statue is spray-painted
Monday 01 July 2013
A woman has been held in London for a 'protest against the family courts system' just weeks after a portrait of the Queen was vandalised
Friday 28 June 2013
Attack comes after a painting of the queen by Ralph Heimans was vandalised with spray paint in Westminster Abbey
Friday 28 June 2013
Constable's masterpiece The Hay Wain has been attacked by a protester in the National Gallery.
Thursday 30 May 2013
Two days of strike action at museums and galleries across Britain has begun in a long-running row over jobs, pay and pensions.
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